The Vietnam Software and IT Services Association and the Japan Information Technology Service Industry Association sign an agreement at the ICT Day (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A Vietnam-Japan information and communications technology (ICT) day was held in Hanoi on October 26, attracting representatives of hundreds of IT businesses from both countries.

The event was organised by the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association (VINASA) and the Vietnam-Japan IT Cooperation Club.

In his speech, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Thanh Hung said cooperation between the two countries has been flourishing across the broad under the extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.

They have made substantial progress in IT cooperation, with the signing of many agreements on radio frequency, post and manpower training. Vietnam and Japan will boost the development of e-commerce in the time ahead, he added.

VINASA reports that Vietnam and Japan have made breakthroughs in IT cooperation over the last decade. While many IT companies in Vietnam just started to export their products in 2007, the country quickly became the most favourite partner of Japan three years later.

In 2015, Vietnam was the second biggest partner of the Northeast Asian nation. Businesses that provide outsourcing services for Japan have continually recorded stable growth, between 20-40 percent, even amid economic difficulties. They earned 1.6 billion USD from producing software for Japan last year.

Vietnam is now one of the 10 most attractive software outsourcing markets in the world, VINASA said.

VINASA Vice Chairman Nguyen Doan Hung pointed out a shortage of Vietnamese IT workers fluent in Japanese, which is a hindrance to closer partnership between the countries’ IT firms.

Vietnam needs to promote both quantity and quality of its IT manpower to meet software outsourcing demand in Japan as well as global markets, he said.

Deputy Minister Hung said his ministry will boost coordination with other ministries and sectors to improve the domestic investment climate to facilitate IT investments in the country.-VNA